ARTICLE: “Past and Future: Esoteric and Exoteric Philosophy in Weird Fiction”

As with everything else, the philosophy behind dark, weird, and horrific fiction has evolved over time. This philosophical evolution of horror fiction arguably began in earnest with Edgar Allan Poe—though Poe also nurtured a sense of romantic love, which conquers, as well as defeats, his harshest poetry, e.g. “Alone.” Bleaker still, and more callous in… Continue reading ARTICLE: “Past and Future: Esoteric and Exoteric Philosophy in Weird Fiction”

Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: Upon Further Examination

UNCHARTERED WORDS “What’s it all about, Alfie?” Literary criticism of weird tales is, in itself, somewhat weird.  It actually welcomes contributions from many who, like myself, have little to no formal training or education in the subject.  Still, there are others, such as S.T. Joshi, who are not only trained in the field but offer… Continue reading Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: Upon Further Examination

Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: ‘Deep Scares’

      Weird literature has a long history.   Since the caveman first crowded around the fire, man has told horror stories. The times change and people change but the effect remains the same. We want to be scared.   Psychologists will give many different reasons why this is so. Some will say it’s… Continue reading Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: ‘Deep Scares’

Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: ‘Examining Weird Fiction’

“Episode 1 in which Doris Gets Her Oats”   So just what the hell is “Weird Fiction” anyway? It’s a question that really only seems to bother writers and critics.  Well, maybe booksellers as well because they need to know where to put all the books.  But it’s not something that really occurs to those… Continue reading Sam Gafford’s NAMELESS WORDS: ‘Examining Weird Fiction’